EDUCATION: Home Sweet School

Seeking excellence, isolation or just extra family time, more and more parents are doing the teaching themselves

When Bonnie Vautrot realized her daughter was dead bored in school, she decided to take on the system. She became the PTA president at the Williamsburg, Virginia, elementary school and challenged the teachers to challenge the kids. "I would go in and beg the teachers: 'What can I do?' If you have a curriculum that says you're in third grade now, but your child is ready for fourth-grade material, you hit a brick wall." The response, she recalls, was, "Well, obviously you've got nothing better to do. Why don't you teach your kids at home?" So she did. Thus was born...

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